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District honors vocal teacher as secondary educator of the year

Instructor comes up roses


Lawrence High vocal teacher Cathy Crispino, left, is surprised with a dozen roses from her husband, Ron Hathorn, after being named the Lawrence Secondary Teacher of the Year on Monday.

Lawrence High vocal teacher Cathy Crispino, left, is surprised with a dozen roses from her husband, Ron Hathorn, after being named the Lawrence Secondary Teacher of the Year on Monday.

March 2, 2010

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LHS music teacher earns honor

Cathy Crispino, a longtime Lawrence High vocal music teacher, earned the district's top secondary teacher honor. Enlarge video

Lawrence High School vocal teacher Cathy Crispino had a lot of work to do with her a cappella choir class Monday.

So when Superintendent Rick Doll and Principal Matt Brungardt brought in a large delegation of her friends, family and coworkers, Crispino questioned the interruption.

But the good news that was delivered had her students immediately cheering.

Doll honored Crispino — who has taught in Lawrence schools since 1996 — as the district’s 2010 Secondary Teacher of the Year.

“It was completely unexpected, and it’s a great honor,” said Crispino, who taught in Kansas City, Kan., public schools for 16 years before coming to Lawrence.

Doll said Crispino was a “shining star among many, many bright stars” in the district’s teaching force.

Jeanne Averill, an LHS English teacher who nominated Crispino, said the vocal teacher was both a talented artist and a talented teacher combined into one.

“Cathy is one of the reasons many students love to go to school at Lawrence High,” Averill said. “They know they will be able to walk into her classroom and be plunged into beautiful music that will lift their hearts and spirits.”

Lawrence High vocal teacher Cathy Crispino, center, was congratulated by Superintendent Rick Doll, left, after she was announced as the Lawrence Secondary Teacher of the Year Monday, Mar. 1, 2010.

Lawrence High vocal teacher Cathy Crispino, center, was congratulated by Superintendent Rick Doll, left, after she was announced as the Lawrence Secondary Teacher of the Year Monday, Mar. 1, 2010.

Crispino received another major honor two years ago as the 2008 Kansas Music Educators Association’s High School Choral Teacher of the Year.

She said Monday’s honor was humbling because she works with so many talented teachers in the district. She’s also driven by helping her students each day.

“Learning how to sing together is learning how to be together,” she said. “And I never get tired of that. I think we’re creating something special — memories for the kids in everything that we do.”

The district will place a photo of Crispino at district headquarters. She will be the district’s nominee for the state award, and KU Credit Union presented her with a $1,000 check.

Doll and his prize patrol will surprise the district’s top 2010 elementary teacher of the year today.

Comments

davehahn 4 years, 9 months ago

Congrats Mrs. Crispino! I remember your first year at LHS :) Dave Hahn Chorale tenor '98 & '99

Jessie Stoltenow 4 years, 9 months ago

Lawrenceguy, you're just jealous! Seriously... why be so negative? Mrs. Crispino is an amazing teacher and deserves this award very much!!!

Congratulations, Mrs. Crispino! I loved walking into your class everyday of high school. It's an honor to have been taught by you!

hilary 4 years, 9 months ago

the KU Credit Union gave her the check, not the district. Don't worry.

You deserve way more than a grand, Crispy! Congrats!

Robert Rauktis 4 years, 9 months ago

Can't this be done with a lap top instead of a flesh and blood teacher?

yankeevet 4 years, 9 months ago

Should of been at least 10,000............................

jayhawklawrence 4 years, 9 months ago

I don't think Lawrence would be nearly the great community it is without the incredible music education programs we have in this town.

We have something very special and unique. Certainly some of the best in the country. I could not be more proud of these music teachers and kids.

Mrs. Crispino is one of the anchors in an incredible music tradition.

We are blessed.

JHawker 4 years, 9 months ago

Many Congratulations and Thanks to Cathy Crispino for being the inspiring and passionate mentor that she is. Children learn so much from music and the arts such as incredible self-expression in addition to being a benefit to mathematical and scientific elements. These are vital components in a child's education.

Thanks Crispino!!!!

Lieke A Cappella and Chorale '02, '03

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